Joyce F. Brown

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Joyce F. Brown
6th President of the
Fashion Institute of Technology
In office
1998 – present
Preceded by Allan F. Hershfield
Personal details
Born (1947-07-07) July 7, 1947 (age 69)
New York City
Spouse(s) H. Carl McCall
Alma mater New York University (M.S.)
New York University (Clinical psychology)
Profession Professor/Academia
Website Office of the President, FIT

Joyce F. Brown is the President of the State University of New Yorks' (SUNY) Fashion Institute of Technology. Born in New York City, she attended parochial schools. She is the wife of H. Carl McCall, who served as Comptroller of the State of New York from 1993 to 2002 and ran as the Democratic candidate for Governor of New York in 2002. McCall has a daughter, Marci, from a previous marriage, but the couple have no children together. Brown's first marriage also ended in divorce.


Brown received her B.A. in 1968 from Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York. She received her master's degree in counseling psychology (1971) as well as her doctorate (1980) from New York University.[1]

Professional life[edit]

Brown has been the President of SUNY's Fashion Institute of Technology, and CEO of the Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries, in New York City since 1998. She has served on numerous corporate boards, including the Boards of Directors of Neuberger Berman, and the Paxar Corporation,[2] and is currently on the boards of USEC, Inc. and the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation.

Brown served as a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York from 1994 to 1998. She is now Professor Emerita.[3]

During David Dinkins' term as New York City mayor, Brown served as New York City deputy mayor for public and community affairs (1993–94).

Brown was appointed Dean of Urban Affairs at Bernard Baruch College of the City University of New York (CUNY) in 1983 and held the position until 1987. She coordinated the Urban Summit of Big City Mayors during her tenure and was appointed acting President of the college in 1990 (Brotherton, Phaedra, "FIT to be President" Black Enterprise, July 1999).


  1. ^ Brotherton, Phaedra (July 1999). "FIT to be president - Joyce Brown of Fashion Institute of Technology". Black Enterprise Magazine. Archived from the original on 7 February 2008. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Forbes Website Profile, accessed 29 December 2006 at
  3. ^ FIT Website Biography, accessed 29 December 2006 at Archived 2006-09-02 at the Wayback Machine.